Up Your Alley
The weather was the best it could be for the Up Your Alley Fair in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, July 28 and there was a hug crowd. It was warm enough to get shirts off, nudists doing their thin and cool enough that people were not hydrating from heat. Seems there were less booths, especially on Market Street, but don't take that as official. The 15 Association had its open dungeon on the north part of Dore Alley which was where most of the booths were. There is a hot batch of men for San Francisco's Bare Chest Calendar which was on sale. Peter Fiske had his whips and books available. The Mama's Family photo shoot was cancelled a few days before the Fair.
International Puppy and Trainer
By Pup Kona
The 18th Annual International Puppy and Trainer Contest (IPTC) was held at IPAHW on July 26-28 in Indianapolis, IN where NE puppy 2019 Pup Sirius was sashed as the 2019-2020 International Puppy and Handler David as the 2019-2020 IPTC International Trainer. 20 outstanding contestants from all over the world graced the stage and competed, 16 puppies and four Handler/Trainers. Representation this year came from the USA, Canada, UK, Austria, and Australia. Contestants competed over the course of the weekend, with the choice of doing a show ring or fantasy/play scene as one of their main judging components. 10 judges (which included two international judges from the Netherlands and Australia), five for the Puppies and five for the Handler/Trainers, were brought to IPTC to adjudicate the contest.
Pantheon of Leather Nominations announced
The Nominees for the approximate 30 Pantheon of Leather Awards have been released. The Awards will be presented during a dinner on Thursday, August 29 at the Crowne Plaza Market Square Dallas at 6:30 PM in Dallas, TX. Voting was scheduled to begin July 23, but due to unforeseen technical circumstances the balloting has been delayed. As soon as we know, we will post it. Pantheon of Leather is one of many events that will make up the International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend.
Kink Weekend OKC results
Kink Weekend OKC saw five sashes and medalions won at the Habana in Oklahoma City, OK July 18-21. The new titleholders are: Ms Route 66 Leather Miss Sara, Mr. Route 66 Leather Kody Nance, Route 66 Pup Pup Shadow The Husky, Route 66 Leather Bear Boy Kage and Route 66 Bootblack Zahira. Also competing were Harley Blackman, Peach Williamson and Holly Kraft. The Kink Weekend OKC emcees were Thib Guicherd-Callin and Elizabeth Lawrence.
Boi Moe passes
By Southwest Leather Conference
Our hearts are heavy this evening as we learn that one of our title holders has passed from this life into the next. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of boiMoe during this time. We pray that Moe's soul will rest peacefully in the hereafter, and watch over those of us who remain as we continue our own journeys. Boi Moe was Southwest Bootblack 2007.
Up Your Alley - Mama's Family photo shoot
By Rich Stadtmiller
There will be a Mama's Family photo on Sunday at 1:45 PM sharp. Dore Alley next to the Powerhouse. Please arrive by 1:30 PM. If you are in Mama's Family and will be at Dore Alley, don't miss it. Say slaeaze.
Swap Meet - San Diego
By Papa Tony
Hey kinksters, Saturday, August 10, 6-9 PM will be Swap Meet at Urban Mo's in San Diego, CA. Clean out your closets and make a few bucks on your used gear that might need a new dungeon. Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear in real time. This is a great way to introduce new curious guys to your turn-ons or if you are curious about Leather and want to ask questions in a chill, kick back atmosphere. Swap Meet has a dressing room to try gear on. Swap meet is bimonhly with the next one being October 12. Swap Meet has had the pleasure in the past to host pup mosh pit, boot black, and rope and flogging demos.
NCSF’s Incident Reporting and Response
The NCSF’s Incident Reporting and Response received 43 reports and requests for assistance from individuals, groups and businesses in April, May and June 2019. This is similar to the 41 requests received in the first quarter of 2019. NCSF maintains the confidentiality of those who come to us for help, however they balance that need with the need to report the services provided and to provide the community with a record of where the need is the greatest. Groups made 13 requests, professionals made 10 requests, civil made nine requests, there were five crime-related requests and no child custody requests. NCSF had a booth at AASECT in Philadelphia.
Golden Gate Guards 33rd Annual Run - Summer Adventure in Dunsmuir
By Marc Owens
Join the Golden Gate Guards for a unique weekend get-a-away, Summer Adventure in Dunsmuir, at Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir, California and nearby Lake Shasta, August 9-11. Summer Adventure includes Lodging Friday and Saturday nights at the Railroad Park Resort, open bar on Friday and Saturday, continental breakfast on Saturday morning, party cruise on Lake Shasta with a barbecue lunch on Saturday afternoon, dinner Saturday night at The Dinner House and Lounge, souvenir pin, caboose/cabin presentation, hot pool/swimming pool and cigar/pipe social Friday and Saturday nights.
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International Puppy and Handler
International Puppy and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) is July 25-28 at the Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN. The IPTC judges are: Ms Kendra, Jack Thompson, Kriszly De Hund, Hayley Alice, Pup Havok, Sir Ivan, Preston So, Caressa, Pup Dodger and Pup Panther. Tyesha Nicole Best and Chad (Tinker Rocket) will entertain as emcees. Doc S. E. Feigelstein will deliver the keynote speech. IPAHW is a safe and fully inclusive event full of fun, education, and play.
Avatar Tom of Finland - hosts Peter Fiske
Avatar Club Los Angeles and the Tom of Finland Foundation invite you to a celebration of the new book My Leather Life: Early Years by Peter S. Fiske, narrated by Thomas V. Peterson on Sunday, August 18 at 2 PM at the Tom House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, los angeles, CA 90026. Jack Fritscher writes, “At the center of leather life for 50 years, Peter Fiske whips up history in his delightfully conversational new memoir.” Tim Brough calls Peter’s book “one hell of a ride,” and Race Bannon characterizes it as “a gift to the Leather world." Peter will read from his memoir and sign copies. Books will available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. More information will follow as the date approaches.
Fireside Chats traveling to Australia
The Fireside Chats are overjoyed to announce an ambitious Chat tour down under! Chat host and co-producer Doug OKeeffe is traveling to Australia in October and November for a whopping 12 Fireside Chats. In conjunction with the Australian charitable organization KNOTbound Ltd, The Chats will appear in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. The Australian subjects are: Cheryl Webster, Pup Scout, Sally Williams, Karl Madsen, John Tyndall, Iz Connell, Genevieve Newart, Gary Kennedy, Don Balfour, BJ of BJ Leather, Bob Rastas, and Sev Faustus. Look for photos and videos this fall.
Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout
The Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout 2019 will be held September 13-15 at The Woods Campground, 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235.
Twelve Favorite Moments from San Diego Pride 2019
By Eric Crow
July 12-14 marked the 45th Anniversary of San Diego Pride, and as with all other Pride events, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. The first year of Pride was march of just 25 people who marched with bags over their heads to conceal their identity (fear of being outed and then fired and/or evicted was very palpable then). The next year, 400 showed up for to march (organizers managed to secure a permit) ending with a rally at Balboa Park. Editor's note - In last week's Hump Day we had a couple photos and a brief synopsis about Leather at San Diego Pride. Eric offers more detail in New Horizons for Fifty - A Different View of Things.
Excelsior MC Donates $1,300 to Cherry Grove Fire Department
By Bruce-Michael Gelbert
On July 6, at the Cherry Grove Firehouse, Excelsior Motorcycle Club, represented by President Edd Clark (also Mr. Fire Island Leather 2015) and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2019 Bruce Michael II, presented a $1,300 check to the Cherry Grove volunteer Fire Department, represented by President Arthur Cohen, with Firefighters Jerry, Laura, and Angela present. The funds were raised at Excelsior’s tongue-in-cheek Master and slave auction on May 17, during the club’s Fire Island Leather Weekend. Photo - CGFD President Arthur Cohen (center) and Excelsior MC President Edd Clark (left) firefighter Laura and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2019 Bruce Michael II (right) firefighters Jerry and Angela. Photo by Bruce-Michael Gelbert.
CODE (The Shining)
CODE (The Shining) will be held during Dore Alley Weekend on Saturday, July 27 at 9 PM at The Edge in the Castro in San Francisco, CA. CODE teams up with San Francisco Bay Area Rubber, West Coast Rubber, and Rubbout to present SFBAR's first official back to back rubber socials. CODE is honoring their slipperiest fellows of kink. So shine all that latex, lube everything up and join in on for what is sure to be one wet night. Coat check will be open for changing and undressing needs. The Edge, 4149 18th Street, San Francisco, California 94114.
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Mates Leather Weekend XXIII
By Rick Conley
Plans are underway for the 23rd Annual Mates Leather Weekend to be held in Provincetown, MA October 3-7. 500-600 people are expected to attend this four-day celebration of and for the Leather/Fetish community. Events include Boot Camp, Opening Reception, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest, Rubber Ball and the Infamous Fetish Party. Northeast Community Bootblack 2011 Jay Falcon will be on hand. MLW’s resident Buzz-cut barbers Danny Pantaleo and Billie Jean Beetam of SNIP Salon will be trimming at the Leather Market. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $65,000 to date for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod through event pass sales, raffle, and other donations. In addition, MLW holds a coat/clothes drive each year with donations going to Ruthie’s Boutique, a local non-profit thrift store. First Mate 2018 Dominic Donahue will host this year’s First Mate Contest. First Prize is $500 cash, a $100 gift card from Full Kit Gear and a two-night stay at Queen Vic Guest House. Judging panel to be announced. For contestant registration, event pass, Leather Market vendor info or find a room, log on to
http://www.matesleatherweekend.com or phone (800) 330-9413
ONYX Northwest - Beyond Leather
Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinx at 6 PM on Saturday, July 27 and August 24 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The April 27 meeting will have a Kink Gear party and hot fetish prizes.
Up Your Alley
We are only a couple days away from Up Your Alley/Dore Alley in San Francisco where 25,000 Leatherfolk will hit Folsom Street and Dore Alley on Sunday, July 28. The big event, produced by Folsom Street Events is the big daddy of the weekend with the Bay of Pigs party on Saturday night. The BLUF dinner at Don Ramon's is a must if you are in San Francisco on Thursday. Among Friday events are Baloney at Oasis, Beta at Club Six, Bearracuda at Folsom Foundry, Beards and Booze at Edge and Growlr a Eagle SF. Saturday will include Friendly Fire at Danzhaus, BDSM Play Party by The 15 Association at SF Catalyst, ONYX Invasion at Powerhouse, Big Muscle Party at DNA Lounge hosted by the Bare Chest Calendar, Flagging in the Park at National AIDS Memorial Grove and Dore Party at Mr. S Leathers. Closing out Sunday will be Rough at Mazzanine.
SoCA Bondage Club
The SoCA Bondage Club will hold its monthly play party on Sunday, August 11 at 7 PM at Threshold in North Hollywood, CA. Members $15 and non-members $20. SoCA Bondage Club's monthly schedule is no longer always the second Sunday each month. They love seeing new faces at the club, and commend newbies on coming out to experience bondage for the first time at SoCA Bondage Club. The cost to attend play parties is $20 cash at the door and $15 for full-dues paying members. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, California 90304.
CMEN - West Coast Gathering
By Rick Boehle
CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2019 will be held August 19-28 at a new location in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains. The move follows the November 2018 Woolsey Fire which devastated the Malibu area including the conference center CMEN called home for the past 20 years. The annual all-nude, all-male gathering has grown to include naturist men from throughout North America, the Pacific and Europe. Participants share experiences and learn new skills in workshops, and enjoy the Southern California sun, camaraderie, activities, and shows. California Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN) is an international social organization for gay and bisexual men who enjoy naturism. CMEN also hosts smaller naturist gatherings in Northern California and Tennessee, as well as other naturist recreation and social events in the greater los angeles area throughout the year.
Touche' - Monthly Ripe Party
The fourth Saturday is Touche's monthly Ripe Party, a night to get down, sweaty and dirty. First they turn the lights down low, way down low on the fourth Saturday of each month. DJ Harry T will deepen the beats with a special set to get you in a ripe mood. Then they unleash their hot go-go dudes on the stages to entertain. Touche' even offer free clothing check so one can get all nice and ripe, too. Are you game for a wild time? The next Ripe Party is on August 24. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.
Rope Burn SF
Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, August 8 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
ONYX Southeast - Bar Night
ONYX Southeast holds their monthly Bar Night on the first Friday of each month at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308. The next two are Friday, August 2 and September 6 at 10 PM. ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the Leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives.
Kinky Campout at LV Campground
Kinky Campout will be held at LV Campground from August 2-4 in St. Coggan, Iowa. Hosted by Titans of the Midwest and Iowa Leather Weekend. This event is open to all Leather, BDSM, Fetish, and Kink enthusiasts. There will be kink play areas, kinky demos and workshops, food, and fun.
Avatar - Submit
Avatar Club los angeles will present Submit at Eagle LA on Saturday, June 29 at 9 PM. There will be live BDSM demos, including bondage, flogging, plus friendly, experienced members of Avatar to answer any questions one might have about the Leather lifestyle and community. Join the fun at the Eagle and Submit to your darkest desires. The next Avatar public Monthly Program will be The Shock and Awe of Electro-Stim on Wednesday, August 28 at MCC in the Valley.
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NCSF Participates in a Women's Leather History Discussion
In June the NCSF’s Consent Counts director Judy Guerin participated in a fascinating women's event in Toronto, Canada hosted by longtime activist Nancy Irwin and Mistress Patricia Marsh of Toronto and Mistress Mir of New Jersey. The highlight of the event was an extended roundtable discussion of the history of women's participation in the scene and in sexual activism in Canada and the United States. The conversation also focused on current issues facing sexual minorities in the Toronto area. In addition, a women's party was held at one of Toronto's leading venues.
Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout
The Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout 2019 will be held September 13-15 at The Woods Campground, 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235.
SF Bay Area Sober in Leather
SF Bay Area Sober in Leather hosts their Sober Munch on the fourth Saturday of each month at Wicked Grounds in San Francisco at 6 PM. The next is on August 24. Sober in Leather will be meeting for mingling and munching in the back room of SF's only kinky cafe and boutique, Wicked Grounds. You don't have to be clean and sober to attend. Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter (ONYX-MA) is centered in the Washington, DC / Baltimore area and includes Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Full membership is open to gay and bisexual men of color, and Associate membership is open to men and women of all colors and sexual persuasions. ONYX Mid-Atlantic holds bar events at the Green Lantern and the DC Eagle. Not having a regular schedule, new events are listed on their web site.
Capital Pups - Puppy Camping
Puppy Camping Part 3 will be hosted by Capital Pups at Plein Bois club resort camping the weekend of August 2-4. reserve early as the trailers and lots go quickly. Please note that Camping Plein Bois is a "men-only campground" all types of men, trans-men welcome. Plein Bois club resort camping 550, chemin St-Henri, Rigaud, Quebec J0P 1W0.
Mr. San Diego Leather - Sunday in the Park
Join Mr. San Diego Leather 2019 Jody Mitchell at Sunday in the Park in Balboa Park for games and fun the first Sunday of each month. The next Sunday in the Park will be on August 4 at 12 PM in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101.
Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social
By Aaron Phillips
The Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social meets at Cityside Lounge in Tampa, FL on the second Saturday of each month with the next one is August 10. This is a monthly social that is welcome to everyone, no matter your sexual orientation, how you identify, or the kink you may enjoy. This social is here to promote community and togetherness, while at the same time educating as we provide a kink related class each social. I am looking forward to seeing everyone come out and start the new year off right with everyone just being their kinky selves.
By Scot McTeir
Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, September 6. Leather, smoke, testosterone and cruising, silent auction, specialty shots and no cover. Cigar Time is held on the first Friday of odd-numbered months. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
Gear Club Portugal - Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019
Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019 will be hosted by Gear Club Portugal September 26-29 in Lisbon, Portugal. The project of creating a gay fetishist club in Portugal was born in 2012, with two main objectives: to strengthen the male fetishist community, improving friendship bonding and promoting an associativist spirit; overwhelming the prejudice of the society in what concerns gay male fetishism. Then, in 2014, Gear Club Portugal was formed.
West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference
The West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference will be held in San Diego, CA the weekend of September 6-8. WCJG is all-inclusive. We are welcoming of all little type folks. Littles, middles, baby girls, lolitas, little sissies and bubbies, age players, folks that regress, folks that don't, sexual littles, non-sexual littles etc. Regardless of gender. We also welcome their caregivers. Daddies, Mommy, Aunties, Babysitters, Big Brothers, Big Sisters etc. Along with critters, puppies and kitties along with their handlers to join us.
Bears LA - Monthly Dinner will be a Brunch
By Gabriel Green
On Wednesday, August 18, Bears LA will host their Bears LA - Monthly Brunch at Park Pantry in Long Beach, CA at 11 AM. The Bears usually have a dinner and this breaks from the regular schedule. Meet some new Bears and Bear Admirers and meet up with some familiar ones. The food will be amazing and so will the company. Park Pantry The Original, 2104 East Broadway, Long Beach, California 90803. For more information about upcoming Bears LA Dinners, please go to
Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, August 3 at 6 PM, meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304
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San Diego Pride - Leather Realm
The San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival saw record crowds on July 13-14. San Diego holds its parade on Saturdays, thus making Saturday the busiest day at the festival in Balboa Park. Bears San Diego and the San Diego Eagle had trucks while groups such as Fetish Men San Diego, Southland Title Sisters, Submissive Voice San Diego, The Leather Foundation, Club X, San Diego Girls of Leather, San Diego Cruisers MC and others were visible at Leather Realm as well as in the parade. There were several workshops and classes and a Leather/BDSM/Fetish sampler area. Of course, San Diego had events all over town, including unofficial gatherings at places such as Black's Beach. The San Diego Eagle had several events all weekend.